What I studied
Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the creative field and so choosing Art at school was an obvious choice. I was also excited by learning about the natural and human world and so Geography was a must. My choice of studying Chemistry and Physics was part of my plan B, since I was unsure at the time whether I would be able to have a successful career in the creative field.
At GCSE I studied: Art, Textiles, Science, Mathematics, French, Geography, R.E, English Language, English Literature, I.T.
At A Level I studied: Art and Design, Geography, Chemistry, Physics and General Studies
At the age of 18, I spent a year at Art College, studying on a Foundation art course. I went on to study a three-year BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing course at the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery. My training at university encouraged me to experiment with materials and fostered a sense of play and discovery in an open and creative environment, which is necessary for developing free thinking, fresh concepts and new techniques.
I was then accepted on a one-year postgraduate training programme at Bishopsland Education Trust. I gained so many invaluable skills through hands on practical experience and hard grafting at the work bench. Bishopsland created the ideal environment for learning and growth. I had time to develop my own unique style and creative voice through my work. Knowledgeable tutors encouraged me to develop new ideas through to complete pieces of work, while also developing my craft skills. I also learnt about the market place, took part in prestigious exhibitions at the V&A and met with prospective clients.